Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Gardner Rea in Playboy: Air on a G-String

Cartoonist Gardner Rea was a contributor to the New Yorker from its first issue in 1925. He contributed to many other publications as well. On eBay for some time, Gallery of History has been offering an original color cartoon of his that was published in Playboy in April of 1962. The gag is a deliberate variation on the "Waiter, there's a fly in my soup" brand of humor, only even less funny. In fact, the gag seems to be little more than a pretext for some cartoon nudity. The asking price is very much on the high side, although there is a Make Offer option. Don't forget to tip your waiter.

Gardner Rea, "Waiter—what is this G-string doing in my soup?!"
Original art, Playboy, April 1962, page 95

Gardner Rea's signature

eBay Listing Copied March 7, 2016

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Gardner Rea, "Waiter—what is this G-string doing in my soup?!"
Playboy, April 1962, page 95

Gardner Rea, "Waiter—what is this G-string doing in my soup?!"
Playboy, April 1962, page 95



Note:  The blog post title's little musical joke was stolen from Peter Schickele, who stole it from J. S. Bach.

The archives have more about Gardner Rea and about Playboy cartoons.

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